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Robert A. Bell  (DOB 7/20/74), of 1056 So. Black Horse Pike, Williamstown NJ was arrested in Philadelphia this afternoon (7/31) on charges that he attempted to murder a 38-year-old Franklinville NJ man in a shooting incident on July 26, 2012.


Bell was apprehended without incident in a vehicle stop near a friend’s residence in the 4000 block of Torresdale Ave. The Fugitive Unit of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office was assisted in the arrest by officers of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force from the agency’s Camden and Philadelphia offices. Bell was unarmed. He is being held without bail in Philadelphia pending an extradition hearing. 


“I want to commend the fine work of our Fugitive Unit, working with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, which resulted in getting this dangerous individual off the streets,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton.


Bell is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, third-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree aggravated assault.  He is accused of using a handgun to wound the victim in the leg as the man walked away from a fight with Bell outside the victim’s home on Eagle Lane in Franklinville NJ.  Witnesses said



 Bell’s gun jammed on an initial attempt to fire at the victim. Bell fled after the shooting. The victim was hospitalized at Cooper Medical Center, Camden.


Bail on the New Jersey charges has been set at $200,000 cash. Bell is also charged with walking away from a Philadelphia halfway house before the shooting. A Philadelphia warrant was issued for him last Feb. 1.